Writing Your Memoir Dedication

When you signed up for Write My Memoirs and began filling out your “interview” questionnaire to create a time line to guide your writing, you probably noticed an optional space to insert your Dedication. If you publish your memoir—and we hope you do!—as with any other book, you may want to include a dedication.
Typically, the dedication expresses gratitude to one or more loved ones for helping with the book or just for being in your life. But don’t feel that you must be typical. You can dedicate your book to your cat, your computer or yourself if you like. I’ve gathered up a few links to websites that may give you some ideas:
A dedication trivia quiz. See how much you know about authors and their book dedications! And don’t feel bad if you don’t do well. Most of the questions are difficult.
Celebrity dedications. Deeming that the dedication “is arguably the most personal part of a story,” the Daily Beast’s Kara Cutruzzula offers some of the odder dedications in celebrity memoirs. Read how celebs ranging from Arnold Schwarzenegger and John Stewart to Anne Heche and both Mr. and Mrs. Ozzy Osbourne dedicate their autobiographies.
Blogger favorites. The author of a blog called “Wanton Creations” shares some favorite book dedications.
Choose your dedication type. A blogger at WordServeWaterCooler and lists seven categories of book dedication, with examples of each: loving; curious; striving; funny; touching; sentimental; and predictable.
Enjoy, and let us know how you’re deciding what to write in your memoir dedication!

When you signed up for Write My Memoirs and began filling out your “interview” questionnaire to create a time line to guide your writing, you probably noticed an optional space to insert your Dedication. If you publish your memoir—and we hope you do!—as with any other book, you may want to include a dedication.

Typically, the dedication expresses gratitude to one or more loved ones for helping with the book or just for being in your life. But don’t feel that you must be typical. You can dedicate your book to your cat, your computer or yourself if you like. I’ve gathered up a few links to websites that may give you some ideas:

  • A dedication trivia quiz. Take this quiz to see how much you know about authors and their book dedications! And don’t feel bad if you don’t do well. Most of the questions are difficult.
  • Celebrity dedications. Deeming that the dedication “is arguably the most personal part of a story,” the Daily Beast’s Kara Cutruzzula offers some of the odder dedications in celebrity memoirs. Read how celebs ranging from Arnold Schwarzenegger and John Stewart to Anne Heche and both Mr. and Mrs. Ozzy Osbourne dedicate their autobiographies.
  • Blogger favorites. The author of a blog called “Wanton Creations” shares some favorite book dedications.
  • Choose your dedication type. A blogger at WordServeWaterCooler lists seven categories of book dedication, with examples of each: loving; curious; striving; funny; touching; sentimental; and predictable.

Enjoy, and let us know how you’re deciding what to write in your memoir dedication!